Photo by Jeff Dow.
Franck LeClerc’s businesses on Claude Lane have some changes to report: first, Bridget Batson (TWO, Hawthorne Lane) is the new executive chef of ~GITANE~; she will be working alongside opening chef Lisa Eyherabide and will assume the reins completely by June 1st, when Eyherabide will head back to France. Since Batson was most recently working at Pizzeria Delfina with Anthony Strong, it should come as no surprise she is considering adding flatbreads to the Mediterranean menu.
More Claude Lane plans include a dedicated art gallery (called 5 Claude Lane) and Claudine, a shop in the former Golden Gate Perk space that will sell gourmet food products and food packaged to go. LeClerc got in touch with chef Alain Rondelli (my parents still bring up the family birthday meal I held there, back in the ’90s), who is collaborating with Batson on the “takeout” menu of prepared meals that reflect a restaurant-grade quality level (I wonder if that includes all the butter?). Rondelli will also offer a custom collection of meals created especially for Claudine: Rondelli Deli for Claudine.